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Heineken UK Builds £35 Million Biomass Stations


Lord Davies, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defra, has launched one of Heineken’s new biomass facilities at Royal Brewery in Manchester. The beer company has also installed a second station in Tadcaster at John Smith’s Brewery. Construction of the two plants commenced in 2007 and they have been totally functional since October.

Heineken UK’s investment for the two 4.7MW biomass plants stands at approximately £35 million, making the project one of the country’s biggest investments for renewable technology by a non-utility company.

The company obtained advisory support from the North West Biomass Project of Envirolink Northwest, a company which provides funds for energy and environmental development in the Northwest. Launched in January, the project assists regional industries with a huge energy demand to switch from fossil fuels to biomass.

The biomass stations burn locally sourced timber chip to produce electricity and steam. They have each been planned to generate annual 37,000 MWh of electricity, which Heineken claims to be sufficient to provide all of the biomass plant’s energy needs. Any excess electricity produced is to be sold to the National Grid.

It is expected that the Tadcaster and Manchester biomass facilities will both lessen carbon gas emissions by 30,000 tonnes per year. Stefan Orlowski, Managing Director of Heineken UK, informed that the opening of the biomass plants is a key milestone in the company’s commitment to mitigate the impact of climate change.

Heineken UK, previously known as Scottish & Newcastle, operates the Royal Brewery in Moss Side where about 700 million pints, including Fosters, Kronenbourg, Miller and Strongbow, are brewed annually.

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